Parents Could Face Charges For Guns In Shelby County Schools

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(Memphis) Shelby County students have reason to wonder what’s in their classmates bags after two guns are taken into schools in less than a week.

A 13-year-old who took a gun into Cypress Middle School Tuesday has been charged, but there have been no charges in last week’s case of a 5-year old taking a loaded gun into Westside Elementary.

The district attorney said they’re obviously not going to charge the 5-year old with a crime, but his parents are fair game and could likely face charges after police finish investigating.

“We’ve all got to work together. This has nothing to do with schools being consolidated. This has to do with kids getting their hands on guns to easily and taking them to the wrong places,” said District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

Weirich said parents are ultimately responsible for keeping their guns in safe places away from children.

If a weapon gets in the hands of a child, it’s on the adult.

“If you’re going to have a gun in the home you have got to make sure it cannot get in the hands of a young person,” said Weirich.

Weirich can’t comment on the specifics of the investigation into a 5-year old taking a loaded gun in his backpack to Westside elementary, but says the parents could face charges.

“Every adult in the state of Tennessee has a responsibility to make sure we are doing everything we can for our children,” said Weirich.

Sylvester Peoples Lives just down the street from Cypress where that 13-year-old brought the unloaded gun, and he says whether you're 5 or a teenager, parents are responsible for what they get their hands on.

“I think there’s some work that needs to be done there in the home and someone needs to check with the children more and for objects weapons or guns and see things like that,” said Peoples.

Weirich said we can all help fight this problem be staying vigilant and reminding children they should tell an adult if they see a weapon at school.

You can also go into any police precinct in the city and get a free gun lock.